Meet the Filmmaker: John Hartman, “The Shackling”

“The Shackling”


11064617_10153162557267118_8633554484561632606_nQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?

JH: Filmmaking provides a playing field or ‘fantasy land’ sorely needed to help myself (and others like me) sift through the harsh realities of the physical world, and more: the hope to inspire other humanoids to expand consciousness…or at least laugh!

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

JH: “The Shackling” has never screened eleswhere. It is a trailer for what might be the only VHS feature film, in the entire world, being produced at present. My hope is to keep the glitch and grain of analog films alive by paying homage to them.

Q: What else are you working on?

JH: “Retro Tube” — an analog web series respecting the Tube TV experience as it was 30-40 years ago. I use VHS and super 8 film for this purpose…it authenticates the visual experience, if nothing else.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

JH: Only one? I fantasize about living in a TV Tube or robotic trash can…I guess that might have been done in film, before, but it has not been done by me, so I fantasize about it.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

JH: Reel Groovy Films on youtube and Vimeo and/or reelgroovyfilms.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

JH: I likely would not have pursued filmmaking as much as I have without the EFP to encourage the process.

“The Shackling” will be screening at the December 17th Emerging Filmmaker’s Project. 



October 17th, 2013 Lineup

October 17th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. $5

In celebration of the Halloween season, The Emerging Filmmakers Project (EFP) presents a night of scary short movies and trailers!

Parody Rises (trailer) – Alexander Rhodes-Wilmere (2:02)
Divine Intervention (trailer) – Colin Floom (2:26)
Mythica Teaser – Ed Vorhees (1:50)
The Locals – AEC (5:38)

Petrified – John Hartman (11:00)
Reel Nerds Podshow S:1 Ep. 2 “Extra-terror-estrial” Bradley Haag (8:48)
Mirror, Mirror – Patrick Sheridan (4:35)

Don’t Help Me, Help the Bear – Noah Mittman (05:02)
A private screening by John McSween

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September 19th, 2013 Lineup

September 19th at 8:00 p.m. $5

Night of the Living Dead (promo) – Kris Hipps (3:00)
The Aviation Cocktail (trailer) – David Higgins (2:00)
Carry SafePeter Lively (4:00)

Reel Nerds Podshow Episode 1: Gay for RDJBradley Haag (10:45)
A Private Screening – John Hartman (6:00)
City O’CityDenver Open Media (4:15)
Kerouac’s DenverPeter Simon (8:15)
You Don’t Know Me by Lost CaravanDavid Quakenbush (3:15)
South Platte – Gaston Yvorra (14:00)

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July 18th, 2013 Lineup

July 18th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. $5

Amazing Grace (music video) (3:45) by Davon Johnson
and Peace 2 U (music video) (6:53) by Davon Johnson
Trash Can Warrior (5:30) by John Hartman
Doors (4:48) by David Quakenbush
Denver Street Eats (10:00) by Josh Kyle
The Beauty of Details (5:34) by Jonathan Fulton
Your Own Medicine – Behind The Scenes (11:00) by Noah Mittman
Your Own Medicine – One Man Show (music video) (4:56) by Eyal Fill Filkovsky

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